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Inside the illicit world of "iCloud unlocking", where cybercriminals trick iPhone owners or Apple staff into removing an iCloud account to resell the iPhone (Motherboard)

[2019-02-06 16:25:01]

Motherboard: Inside the illicit world of “iCloud unlocking”, where cybercriminals trick iPhone owners or Apple staff into removing an iCloud account to resell the iPhone  —  In a novel melding of physical and cybercrime, hackers, thieves, and even independent repair companies are finding ways to “unlock iCloud” from iPhones.

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YouTube says its experimental Instagram-like Explore tab has expanded beyond the iOS app to more devices and now suggests smaller, up-and-coming creators (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Apple reaches a deal with France to pay backdated taxes, with reports putting the sum at around €500M (Simon Carraud/Reuters)

In a Russian filing, Apple says it stores user data including names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers on Russian servers to comply with a local law (Bloomberg)

Microsoft will announce Xbox Live SDK at GDC 2019 to enable cross-platform play on iOS, Android, Switch, Xbox, and Windows PCs (Jez Corden/Windows Central)

Report: Siri lead Bill Stasior is no longer in charge as Apple shifts its Siri strategy to favor research over minor updates; Stasior led the team since 2012 (Mikey Campbell/AppleInsider)

Apple apologizes for FaceTime bug, says it has been fixed now and a software update will re-enable Group FaceTime next week, thanks family who reported the bug (Todd Haselton/CNBC)

Inside Facebook, which was seriously disrupted by its dispute with Apple over enterprise certificates, employee anger flares at the Onavo team responsible (Mike Isaac/New York Times)

Facebook says Apple has restored its access to enterprise certificates, bringing internal apps back online (Chance Miller/9to5Mac)

The Saudi startup behind anonymous commenting app Sarahah, banned by Apple and Google over bullying, launches Enoff, a workplace anonymous feedback app for iOS (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Sources: Apple is planning laser-based 3D cameras to aid AR on iPhones as early as 2020; updated 10-inch iPad could arrive in spring; iOS 13 to have dark mode (Bloomberg)

Sources: UAE hacked iPhones of activists, diplomats, and rival foreign leaders using a spying tool called Karma, which exploited an iMessage vulnerability (Reuters)

Apple Music subscribers can stream music without paying for Wi-Fi on domestic American Airlines flights in the US starting February 1 (Apple)

Facebook says it will shut down its controversial market research app on iOS, but it will apparently continue to be available for Android users (Casey Newton/The Verge)

Mother reported FaceTime bug to Apple over a week ago after her 14-year-old son discovered the flaw; Apple asked her to send formal report via developer account (Nicole Perlroth/New York Times)

Investigation finds that Facebook has been paying people to install a "Facebook Research" VPN to gather data on phone use habits, which may violate Apple policy (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)